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India needs to increase number of green buildings

India needs to increase number of green buildings
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India has less than 2 per cent green buildings but there is a huge opportunity to increase that number as about 60 per cent of the infrastructure of the country is yet to be put in place in the next 20 years, chief of the green rating system GRIHA said

India has less than 2 per cent green buildings but there is a huge opportunity to increase that number as about 60 per cent of the infrastructure of the country is yet to be put in place in the next 20 years, chief of the green rating system GRIHA said.

On utility of green buildings in cities like Delhi, which is battling alarming pollution levels, Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer of the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council, said green buildings can help in reducing exposure of people to outside pollutants.

“Green buildings are much more healthy entities in terms of designing but the air that is going to come inside would be something that is present outside but to a certain extent you could minimise or reduce the damage through a green building. A green building can reduce the interference from outside pollutants,” he told PTI.

Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.

The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) is a rating tool that helps people assess the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks. The GRIHA Council, which gives the rating, is a not-for-profit society jointly setup by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to promote green buildings in India.

However, in India less than 2 per cent of the buildings are green, but Seth said there is a huge opportunity to increase that number as about 60 per cent of the infrastructure of the country is yet to be put in place in the next 20 years.

In the last one year, GRIHA has certified 50 buildings in Delhi as green. A total of 80 buildings have been certified as green throughout the country by GRIHA. Seth said the best way to promote green buildings is through fiscal incentives and the developer should feel that ‘there is a sense in going green’.

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